Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is going out to tender this autumn for its new Property Repair and Maintenance Framework, due to start in spring 2015.
To help local contractors find out more about the process, events are being held throughout the Borders over the summer. Advisers from the Council’s Property Management and Procurement teams will be on hand to answer any questions.
Information will be available on how the framework will be tendered and the support available for interested contractors.
Contractors will be able to hear about the changes that have been made including a requirement for membership of ‘Constructionline’. Representatives from the organisation, the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants, will be present at the events to discuss how to register and what is involved.
Contractors will also be asked to consider added value they can offer to the communities they work within linked to the new ‘Adding Value to Communities through Procurement Policy’ in line with the value of contracts awarded to them.
Each event will take place from 6.30-7.30pm as follows:
· Wednesday 20 August – Peebles Community Centre, Walkershaugh, Peebles EH45 8AU
· Thursday 21 August – Chirnside Community Centre, Mainstreet, East End, Chirnside TD11 3XR
· Wednesday 27 August - Hawick Town Hall, 44 High Street, Hawick TD9 9EF
· Thursday 28 August – Kelso Tait Hall, Edenside Road, Kelso TD5 7BS
· Wednesday 3 September – Galashiels Volunteer Hall, St John Street, Galashiels TD1 3JX
Councillor John Mitchell, Depute Leader of the Council (with responsibility for Finance) said: “The new Repair and Maintenance Framework will provide a more efficient and effective way for local contractors to do business with the Council. Not only will this ensure a more robust approach to service delivery but will bring considerable benefits to the local economy. I particularly welcome the requirement for contractors to indicate how they intend to add value to their local communities through work experience or additional employment opportunities.
“I would encourage anyone interested in working with the Council to make the most of the advice and information available at these sessions to make sure they are fully informed about the new framework and in the best position possible to submit a successful tender.”
The framework will be tendered through Public Contract Scotland at: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk. Any contractor who hasn’t already done so is advised to register.
Hard copies of the tender will be available from the Council’s Procurement Service on 01835 825579 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contractors will also be given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the period the tender is open. For more information, visit: www.scotborders.gov.uk/procurement